Sunday 23 April 2017

Move over, Arthur, you've had your day

Politicians sell us our government the same way corporates sell us their drink, writes Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

THERE'S a column that we responsible journalists traditionally publish the week before a referendum. You know the one – a column that weighs up the choices. Maybe advocating a Yes or a No, but stressing that above all you must get out and exercise your right to vote. Because that's what the patriotic heroes of old died for – your right to make a meaningless choice between two equally bad options.

Well, I tried to write that column. But, we all know the truth – there's no one in the country, except political hacks, who can seriously contemplate the Seanad without dozing off. Not even Enda Kenny, the lad who came up with the abolition idea in 2009, a marketing stunt designed to improve his image.

In fact, speaking of marketing stunts invented in 2009, this Seanad referendum has Arthur's Day written all over it. An artificial event, invented solely to advance the interests of its inventor – with little basis in reality.

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